How Members Are Prioritizing Accountability & Transparency in 2019
December 11, 2018

2019 Outlook

With states largely spending 2016 and 2017 on implementing ESSA in their respective states, members are less engaged on this issue than the past two years. Yet, members are still working to ensure that states implement their new accountability systems in a effective and transparent matter. Additionally, with report cards identifying low-performing schools, many advocates are pursuing improved school turnaround policies. Click here to explore the full 2019 Network Member Priorities overview.

Key Takeaways

  • A majority of the members working on accountability systems are defending and sustaining already-in-place systems.
  • Many advocates seek improved reporting structures as a means of holding states accountable.
  • In 2017 and 2018, each state created policies regarding school improvement; in 2019, a few members will continue to build off that work.

State Snapshot

Eighteen PIE Network members in 15 states are planning to prioritize accountability & transparency issues in 2019.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who plan to work on similar governance & elections policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Eric for an introduction.

Accountability Systems

  • AZ Expect More Arizona: Advocate for high academic standards and clear, consistent, and equitable accountability systems for our students, educators, and schools
  • CO A+ Colorado: Propose new measures and system for accountability in Denver Public Schools
  • IL Advance Illinois: Maintain and improve state’s K-12 accountability system by improving goals, support, and communication of new system
  • KY Prichard Committee: Ensuring implementation of Kentucky’s new K-12 accountability model
  • MN EdAllies: Pursue school accountability system that effectively identifies schools in need of improvement and allows the general public to advocate for improvement by providing transparent, actionable information
  • NM NewMexicoKidsCAN: Sustain systems that provide families and educators with critical information about school, educator & student performance and protect key accountability systems
  • NY The Education Trust–New York: Ensure that school improvement under ESSA results in the necessary urgency, support, and resources when schools are failing to meet expectations for any group of students
  • OH Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio: Defend Ohio’s accountability framework
  • TN TennesseeCAN: Support the public rollout of school accountability grades in 2019 and ensure no legislative changes to the current A-F school grading law
  • Multiple States Foundation for Excellence in Education: Support states’ implementation of school accountability policies

Transparency in Accountability System

  • CA GO Public Schools: Continue to hold district accountable to abiding by policy and making data-informed decisions
  • CO A+ Colorado: Push for transparency (both at the state and school district-level) to enable and empower communities to leverage data to advocate for school improvement
  • MN EdAllies: Protect access to student performance data that is student-centered, clear, public, comparable across the state, and standards-aligned
  • MI The Education Trust-Midwest: Pursue opportunities to bring honest, transparent, meaningful and stable accountability for all education actors/systems
  • NC NorthCarolinaCAN: Amend reporting requirements from school to school with a definite deadline that school records must be transferred
  • TN Campaign for School Equity: Require local districts to offer a uniform process for families to obtain information and enroll in school
  • TX Texas Aspires: Increase data transparency/reporting

School Improvement

  • CA Innovate Public Schools: Build a coalition pushing for turnaround in Ravenswood (East Palo Alto)
  • CO A+ Colorado: Shape the narrative and keep educational equity and improvement as key priorities during leadership transitions and monitor and influence interventions actions in turnaround districts
  • DE DelawareCAN: Give ability for the state to intervene in schools with low academic performance
  • MO Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri: Support individual school building accreditation and/or grades

Expertise on this Issue

Advocates from across the Network have offered to thought partner on the following issues within this policy area:

Click here to explore the full 2019 Network Member Priorities overview.


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